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Amanda Belo is a communications professional living in Chicago by way of North Carolina (GO HEELS!). Her heart will always belong to the East Coast. In addition to being passionate about the arts, culture, travel, food, and social good, Amanda has always loved to write and tell compelling stories. Amanda finds something new about Chicago every day and she cannot wait to explore more about the city and Chicagoans as a writer for Miss A. She earned her bachelor's degree in dance, with a minor in communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her master's degree in public relations and advertising from DePaul University.

Recap: Boys And Girls Club of Chicago’s Lawn Ball

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The Guild Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago (BGCC) presented the 11th Annual Lawn Ball at the Saddle and Cycle Club. The event is an opportunity to fundraise for the organization, and also to honor a student involved with the Club as Chicago Youth of the […]

Recap: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Gala 2015 Honoring Simon Callow, Phylicia Rashād and ITW

Spirit of Shakespeare Honorees David and Ros Parry, Phylicia Rashād, Simon Callow and Chair of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater Board of Directors, Sheli Z. Rosenberg (Photo by Daniel Ribar)

Spirit of Shakespeare Honorees David and Ros Parry, Phylicia Rashād, Simon Callow and Chair of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater Board of Directors, Sheli Z. Rosenberg (Photo by Daniel Ribar)

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) and 350 guests raised $1.2 million for the organization’s Chicago Shakespeare in Urban Communities initiatives at GALA 2015. These […]

Recap: Chicago Artists Coalition’s Starving Artist 2015 Event

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Installation by Tori Terzakis at Starving Artist 2015. (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC)’s Starving Artist annual benefit was held on June 25, 2015 at Venue One in the West Loop. The unique event paired the city’s most inspiring visual artists with its most innovative culinary talent and created installations for […]

Lighting Up The Night Awards Ceremony Raises More Than $400,000 For The Night Ministry

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President and CEO of The Night Ministry Paul Hamann (Photo courtesy of The Night Ministry)

Earlier this month, more than 450 guests attended The Night Ministry‘s annual Lighting Up The Night Awards Ceremony. The gala, held at the Standard Club, recognized Paula and Gordon Addington, Windy City Times, and filmmakers Kirsten Kelly and […]

Recap: Food And Wine Tasting In Chicago Raises $500,000 In Support Of One Million Degrees

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Kennedy-King College President Arshele Stevens and One Million Degrees CEO Paige Ponder (Photo credit: Chicago Photo Press)

One Million Degrees (OMD) celebrated its Chicago-area community college scholars at the 8th Annual Food & Wine Tasting on Friday, May 29. More than 450 OMD Scholars, alumni, civic and business leaders, and guests attended the […]

11th Annual Lawn Ball To Support Boys And Girls Clubs of Chicago

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(Photo credit: bgcc.org)

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s (BGCC) Guild Board will host their signature fundraising event, the Lawn Ball, on June 19. Enjoy a 1960’s Palm Beach soiree inspired evening at the Saddle & Cycle Club which will begin on the grand terrace with a VIP reception hosted by Lilly […]

34th Annual Proud To Run In Chicago To Benefit Local Service Organizations


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A part of Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Pride Week activities since 1982, Proud To Run is an annual 10K run & 5K run/walk along the lakefront, focused on celebrating pride in a healthy way and raising funds to support the greater Chicago area LGBTQ community. Last year more than 2,200 […]

Starving Artist 2015 To Support Chicago Artists Coalition

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Join the Chicago Artists Coalition at one of Chicago’s most eclectic and popular events, Starving Artist 2015! Bringing together outstanding artists and innovative culinary talent, this event is a night when great art, great food, and spontaneous performances collide.

This year, guests can expect phenomenal dishes by Tony Quartaro of […]

Royal Ballet Of London Begins American Tour In Chicago


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The Royal Ballet of London returns to Chicago this month with their critically acclaimed performance of Principal Dancer Carlos Acosta’s “Don Quixote.” Under the leadership of Kevin O’Hare, the company will make its Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University debut as part of a three-city U.S. tour which also includes The […]

37th Annual Spotlight Ball In Chicago Raises Over $800,000 For Hubbard Street Dance

Zachary Enquist, Jules Joseph, Lucas Crandall, Adrienne Lipson, Michael Gross, Alicia Delgadillo, Brandon Lee Alley, and Natalie Leibert (Photo credit: Robert F. Carl)

Hubbard Street Board Chair Ellis Regenbogen, Hubbard Street Board President Sara Albrecht, and Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton. (Photo credit: Robert F. Carl)

Contemporary dance company Hubbard Street Dance Chicago held its Season 37 Spotlight Ball on Monday, June 1 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. Over 450 guests were in attendance […]

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